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Only reason I got into this school wasQuite BrightDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
Only reason I got into this school was because I didn't get accepted into the cheaper schools. This was basically my last resort. Many of the teachers are there to get paid, and rely on simple projects which require very little thinking. If you want to get challenged, stick to the more popular (word of mouth) professors. They are the ones who will teach you how to be successful in life, and not about spacing out letters perfectly (which nobody really cares about in real world).

In general, many of the students aren't very approachable because they're not very social. Many come off as being depressed with no real direction in life. The other half are international students who don't speak English too well, but make up for it in their ability to produce unique ideas (which in many cases are not what the professor asks for due to language barrier).

Staff is alright, but some seem like they're in their own little world. In many cases you have to take charge so that you get things done for you.

Too many of the classes are useless and teach the same thing whether you're 2nd, 3rd or 4th year. I transferred in as a sophomore (should have really been a junior since I already knew all the work from 1st and 2nd year). Unfortunately this is a school where money is the final answer rather than your academic standing and abilities, so it's not surprising that this happens to most transfer students. Even though classes meet once a week, they last three hours, and you're bombarded with work. Some students have to take up to seven or eight classes in order to meet requirements.

Many times the students aren't given enough time to complete projects, and then end up with poor quality pieces for the final portfolio review. Instead the students should get at the minimum two classes to complete the work before a new project is assigned. Otherwise they're stuck fixing the old project (on which they'll get no critique), and then doing a new one as well.

There are a few rude professors, and I honestly prefer them over those who try to be "nice" and don't provide any honest opinion when your work is bad. I always prefer honesty over a fake front. Some literally belittle someone's work, and I don't really mind it, as long as they provide a reason as to why something is wrong. This has really got me over taking things personal over the years.Portfolio review isn't that great either. It's more experimental artwork driven, rather than anything else. So if you're into abstract and experimental art, you'll probably do better than someone who's more accustomed to real world work. Because of this, many of the students are robbed of scholarships.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2009
Surrounding City: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F
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If you know EXACTLY what you want andInterior Design
If you know EXACTLY what you want and are willing to do what it takes to get it, then maybe SVA is a good place for you. If not, then choose another school. For a school that boasts of teaching students the most cutting edge in computer technology for design, the school is in the stone ages as far as technological know-how. Almost everything, even things as class/schedule changes, address changes, etc still cannot be accessed and done online and the sad excuse for it isn't even really connected with the mainframe of the school. Because they are so behind on their technology, they make tons of mistakes in terms of registration, financial aid and other important things. The worst part is, when they make a mistake, they don't own up to it and they make you deal with the consequences even insofar as to accuse the student of being a bratty, self-entitled person.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Super BrilliantFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I think it is great school for smart people
2nd Year Male -- Class 2010
Education Quality: A+, Extracurricular Activities: B-
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